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New Seasons… March 20, 2014

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Columbus has been an inspiration to me with the care, concern, and commitment that our community shows to those who have lived a life of human trafficking.  I have enjoyed building relationships with those in the anti-trafficking community, and sharing (loudly)  about the hopeful exit from local sex trafficking, particularly as survivors discover identity and self sufficiency, and are embraced by Columbus while on that journey!

It has been critical to the life of Doma and Freedom a la Cart to tell our survivor’s authentic, hopeful stories and to create raving fans of our work— an organization that Columbus has built and embraced!

It has been a privilege these last 5 years to be a full-time catalyst, illuminator, and adventurer, walking alongside the Columbus community as we have increasingly displayed our intolerance for slavery.   

I am thrilled to announce that I will be joining the Ologie team on Monday, participating in their focus to help companies, institutions, and organizations discover their authentic story and find their true voice. They aim to make every brand they  touch clear, compelling, and consistent so that over time they become better known, better understood, and truly unique. Local clients that you might know include:  Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, YWCA, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, The Ohio State University, Capital University, City of Columbus, CCAD, CMA, and even the Columbus Airport!  Other clients include Perdue, University of Notre Dame, and The Food Network!   Most of you know how much I value our Columbus community, authenticity, and telling your story in a clear and compelling way.  This is going to be a great fit for this next season in my life, as the Doma team has been empowered to carry the torch of fighting human trafficking in Columbus.

As I transition to this role, I will be taking a step back from the decisions and the direction of Doma and Freedom.  But of course, I will still be involved in the community and championing efforts to alleviate poverty and fight Human Trafficking.  Freedom and Doma’s  leadership is committed to long-term sustainability through social enterprise.  John Rush, CEO of CleanTurn will serve as board chair.  Other committed Columbus communitarians and survivors serve alongside of him.

1) A simple way to fight human trafficking is to forward our gourmet box lunch and catering paragraph below to 3 people who might not know of our “Cause Cuisine”.

1)  consider a one-time or a monthly investment to boost the efforts of Freedom a la Cart-  Keturah is happy to share with you the area of greatest need for our survivors to thrive.

3)  volunteer:   Keturah is exerting extra efforts during this season; We would love to see Columbus to step up and sustain the good work by being in the trenches with us; she is happy to send you an intake form and share about our volunteer teams.  Volunteer@domaconnection.org

I’m looking forward to seeing how Columbus embraces and sustains the good work that has begun.

Other things to note:

Who to contact?  Keturah@domaconnection.org

My new email address is:  julieaclark@att.net

My new twitter is:   JulieClarkCbus

Instagram:  julieannclarkcolumbus

Blog remains the same:  julieannclark.com

Phone number currently:  614-648-3662

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We know it feels good to help people and the planet. Now you can, simply by enjoying delicious food!

Our catering company, Freedom a la Cart, is the ultimate find for the socially conscious consumer; it’s an opportunity to provide a top quality meal for your guests, all while displaying your support of our Columbus community and commitment to ending human trafficking.

We invite you to try our catering and gourmet lunches because of the cause, and we are sure you will come back because of our delicious, bright, bold, made-from-scratch, always fresh, often local and organic food.

OUR FOOD:  Gourmet Box lunches are $10.  Our taco bar, chili bar, hot sandwiches, and bright, tasty salads, are delicious alternatives in the same price range.  We are celebrated for our upscale food for catered dinners and cocktail parties, as well.  The delivery charge is waived for your first order with us.

TO ORDER:  Contact 614-343-3442 to order or visit freedomalacart.org to fill out a catering request.

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ABOUT US: Freedom a la Cart is a catering company started by a local nonprofit, Doma, with the core belief that women who have lived in slavery should be empowered to gain freedom by achieving economic independence.  Our business utilizes a fundamentally different approach to fighting human trafficking in our community—we employ local, adult survivors, teaching them the hard skills necessary to obtain and sustain employment, in an environment conducive to their success.

 Read our latest article in Cap Style here!

Check out a great review about the “feel” of what we create around community, care, and delicious food. 

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Assigning homework after Connecticut…Ending on a high note… December 18, 2012

Filed under: Connecticut,Uncategorized — julieannclark @ 5:57 am
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The older I get, the less opinionated I become.   Many blogs are opinions or reflections or observations on important aspects of life.  And so, because of this, I have thought that maybe I don’t have much to offer the blogging world.

Until Connecticut.

I have to admit that I just now, for the first time, read a CNN article about what happened last week.  I just now took a look at Obama’s speech.  Why did I take so long to read the articles published about it?  Because I knew it would leave me with the familiar paralyzed, empty feeling, with no resolution.

I know now exactly what I can offer through the work of doma.  Some resolution.  Some redemption.  Some hope.  True stories of hope and healing as we see lives transformed every day.  Hope packaged with: Authenticity… A glimpse into the struggle…And a silver lining.  Not an answer to the complex questions raised last week, but checkpoints along the way as we strive to address realities and challenges within our humanity.

So in response to that feeling of ‘no resolution’,  I just now decided to open up to you all and be vulnerable about the very hard work we do at doma as we fight against human trafficking, or modern-day slavery.  Girls and women from the United States who were tricked or forced into prostitution from an average age of 13 in Ohio.

Working in Anti-Human Trafficking every day is hard work. Just this week, along with Connecticut, here are the things that crossed my desk from Columbus alone… one city:  A survivor in her 30’s died today; A survivor in her 20’s went missing 3 days ago;   Two teenaged girls were reported missing 7 days ago, last seen with a young man reported to be involved in a Columbus area with high trafficking (see picture below).

So what do I have to offer?

Authenticity.  I’m going to be super honest with everyone right now and ask you to look at our world dead in the eye and take on the evil.    This is our world, folks.  This is our nation.  These are our kids.  These are our teens.  These are our adults.  These are our families.  And it most definitely is up to us to do something about it.  Together.  To invest and not forget.  To align our calendars and pocketbooks to our inner priorities.  To shift and prioritize our innate values:

Peace and harmony.

A life well lived.

Bringing out the best in those around us.

Working our tails off to be able to say that we did everything we could to promote health and life– and to fight against injustice.

Consider investing in the learning curve so that you don’t feel paralyzed, overwhelmed, disheartened.  Glimpse into the struggle and turn toward the silver lining.
The homework I’m giving myself is to get a blog plan in place for the new year.  Yes, all because of Connecticut.

At doma, we try not to focus on the horror, because we all have hundreds of horrific images floating around in our heads from newspaper clippings and the realities of the pain in our world.  Believe me, I’ve sat through countless human trafficking and orphan care presentations that are gratuitous…without the hope.  Sure, they tug on emotional heart strings, and sometimes borderline manipulate people into donating or caring temporarily.  We won’t do that to you.  We want you to know just enough of the reality and the struggle to be motivated toward a true shift in values. 

Along the way, I’ll give you some homework assignments, offer up forums for discussion,  share doma’s authentic stories of hope… and look for some hopeful stories from you.  We want you to share in our joys, and invite you into our home.  I’ll share hard lessons learned along the way, funny stories about what happened today (we laugh a lot!), and maybe even throw in a few anecdotes from home life.  How does our core doma team balance having 15 collective kids, one newborn grandbaby, two pregnancies,  5 dogs, 4 cats, and an unidentified critter (…long story about my Christmas tree this year…)… ??
And I promise I’ll always end on a high note.  (Seinfeld reference, anyone?)  We need to hear more of the high notes. 

Your homework this week should take  5  1/2 to 8  1/2 minutes, in order of priority:

1) Take 2.5 minutes below to meet Vanessa, a doma teammate and survivor,  as she shares what the word freedom means to her;

2) Take one second to view the pictures of the two missing girls in Columbus; (and maybe take another second to offer up prayers and positive thoughts);

3) Take 3.5 minutes to view our indiegogo campaign here  and hear one way we fight trafficking at doma (since you have only 10  days left to get a free sandwich);

4)  Take one second to subscribe to my weekly or bi-weekly blog over to your right and subscribe to the monthly or quarterly doma newsletters here. (USA for Anti-Trafficking news and volunteer updates); and

5)  Leave a comment!

BONUS:  Watch a few clips from the above quoted Seinfeld reference– 30-seconds here or 3 minutes here.  

Peace and Harmony to all,

Julie

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